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For Noah Lyles, apart from 100m and 200m sprinting events, the 4x100m contest holds a similar importance. As the three-peater already claimed about coming for “all the medals”, his relay spree should be at the pinnacle akin to his short-distance sprinting mastery. However, till now, Noah Lyles’ fate has not backed his relay contentions. 

In the Glasgow World Indoors, despite running with the best split clocking, he had to remain satisfied with the second position. Now the Florida Relays held the next relay tussle for him. There, some not-so-like- Noah Lyles things happened. Moreover, he found some more possible contenders on the rusty tracks eyeing a place in the national relay squad. 

Noah Lyles’ forgettable day in the office 

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In the 2024 Florida Relays, the athletes faced off against each other to gauge their performance before the official outdoor competitions. So, the track generated an unusually hyped interest as champions like Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman, and Grant Holloway competed in the same event – a 4x100m relay event. 

Eventually, Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman preferred the USA Red team, whereas Holloway was in the Gainesville Elite. Despite a fiery start from Coleman, USA Red couldn’t finish the race as Gainesville took it in a record 37.67 seconds. Noah couldn’t grab the baton in the last phase as Holloway’s team passed by. The situation panned out in Florida. 

The fight between the Gainesville Elite and the USA Red started with a smooth flow, giving an early edge to Grant Holloway. However, in the second turn, Chris Coleman brought out his blistering pace to defeat PJ Austin from Gainesville. But in front of Erriyon Knighton of Gainesville Elite, Kendal Williams from Noah’s team proved dismal.

Then Noah Lyles entered the track against Joseph Fahnbulleh. But in the rush, the reigning world champion fumbled to collect the baton from Kendal. Earning momentum from there, Fahnbulleh made no mistake in winning the race. Moreover, several more Americans tried their feet in strengthening their nomination for the national relay team. 

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The season-opener gives out multiple names 

When Noah Lyles ruptured his performance in the 2024 Florida Relays, a few more Americans caught the chance with folded hands. Compared to the China and Brazilian squads in the 4x100m final, the USA Blue team made a stunning performance. They finished the race in 38.23 seconds, better than the previous world-leading time of this season.

In that USA Blue squad, JT Smith, and Kyrie King performed a revered running. So, in the upcoming US Olympics track and field trial in Oregon, the focus will be on these names. However, in Percy Beard Track Field, Noah could blame the order of relay sprinters on his team as well. 

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Despite having a fiery pace and less reaction time, Coleman appeared in the second position for the USA Red. That cost the squad dearly. So, a better order would fetch a better result for Noah Lyles in the future, surely. 

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